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Riverside Fire ignites, causes evacuations at Bartlett Lake



The fire ignited on the Cave Creek Ranger District near the Riverside Campground, south of Bartlett Lake, on Sunday. Here are the latest details on the fire.

MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. — Crews are in the Tonto National Forest fighting another wildfire, the Riverside Fire, which is burning in the Cave Creek Ranger District near the Riverside Campground. 

The forest is asking everyone to avoid area for their safety and the safety of firefighters. They are also reminding people to not fly drones over the fire as that makes it so planes and helicopters cannot attack the fire from the air.  

The fire has burned 60 acres and Bartlett Dam Road is closed at Forest Road 205. The recreation areas at Bartlett Lake are being evacuated. 

Right now, three hotshot crews, four super scoopers, eight fire engines, two Type 1 helicopters and two water tenders are fighting the Riverside Fire. 

The full evacuation list, evacuation center information and up-to-date road closures can be found below: 

Latest fire updates

  • The Riverside Fire is burning near the Riverside Campground on the Cave Creek Ranger District 
  • The fire is being fought by firefighters from the Cave Creek Ranger District 
  • Everyone is asked to avoid the area 
  • Bartlett Dam Road closed at Forest Road 205 
  • Bartlett Lake recreation areas evacuated 

How many acres has it burned? 

  • The fire has burned 60 acres

Are there any evacuations? 

The following communities are under the “GO” order and have been asked to evacuate: 

  • Bartlett Lake recreation areas

The following communities are under the “SET” order and have been asked to prepare for possible evacuation: 

The following communities are under the “READY” order and have been asked to be aware of nearby fire danger: 

What roads or highways have been closed? 

  • Bartlett Dam Road is closed at Forest Road 205

Are there any shelters available for residents who may be evacuated? 

  • No shelters are currently open

Wildfire Go-Kit: 

Residents in wildfire-prone areas are urged to have an emergency supplies kit to bring with them of they are evacuated from their homes, especially as Arizona residents are beginning to see early widespread fire activity throughout the state. 

An emergency supply kit should be put together long before a wildfire or another disaster occurs. Make sure to keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that residents near a disaster store emergency supplies in a plastic tub, small suitcase, trash can, backpack, or other containers.  

Residents should make sure they have the necessities, such as three gallons of water per person and a three-day supply of ready-to-eat food, the NFPA said. A first-aid kit, prescription medications, contact lenses, and non-prescription drugs should also be taken into account.  

Copies of any important family documents, including insurance policies, identification, bank account records, and emergency contact numbers should also be taken and put into a waterproof, portable container in your kit, the NFPA said.  

The association lists other items that would help in a disaster, including: 

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person 

  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and a NOAA weather radio to receive up-to-date information 

  • Dust mask or cotton T-shirt to filter the air 

  • Matches in a waterproof container 

  • Complete change of clothing including long pants, long sleeve shirts, and sturdy shoes stored in a waterproof container 

  • Signal flare 

The entire NFPA checklist of supplies can be found here

Those in Arizona who have been affected by a wildfire or other natural disasters can seek assistance from the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-842-7349.  

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